Great Dane Question

I have a 5 year old Harl male. He sired a fawnquin female. I was thinking of getting my own...

I have a 5 year old Harl male. He sired a fawnquin female. I was thinking of getting my own female. I have been doing a lot of research on colors. In order to produce Harl, I should breed to a mantel, correct? Or can I breed to another Harl to produce Harl. I do understand my 25% chance in producing a deaf pup. What is the better option for me?

    In Great Dane - Asked by Anonymous - 11/1/2012 6:12:42 PM
Most harl breeders do breed to mantel and not other harls, to reduce the risk of deaf and/or blind pups. Mantel in itself can be tricky as well, a mantel with a white splash/stripe over its rear hips also carries the same gene for throwing deaf puppies. Be sure to choose a properly marked mantel. The other problem you may run into is sperm viability and motility in an aging male. Check with you vet regarding problems with breeding dogs over 6.
    Answered by carlysensabaugh.5 - 11/28/2012 3:36:55 PM

First of all, by the time your female becomes breedable, this male will be reaching senior status and should not be used for that purpose. Females need to be at minimum 2 y/o to breed and be mature enough to take on the role as a Mom. As to the genetics, that's complicated when breeding harls, and the usual choices are mantle and black. The fact that he produced a fawnaquin, suggests fawn or brindle in his genetic pedigree, which is a mismarked color. Never put a harl to harl breeding together as the chances are greatly improved to produce piebald harls as well as blind/deaf puppies. Harl puppies are hard to produce unless the color lines are pretty color-pure, which his isn't. The formula is 25% harl, 25% black, 25% merle, and 25% white. This is merely a formula and statistics don't back it up, however, you always must be prepared for blind/deaf pups being produced from any harl litter.
    Answered by muddypawsdanes - 8/9/2013 11:57:37 AM